Samsung’s 9 Series Laptop Takes The MacBook Air Head On

24 January 2011

Samsung 9 netbook

The 13-inch MacBook Air might’ve found a match in the 13-inch Samsung 9 Series, which is slightly lighter and thinner than the Air though the differences in size and weight are extremely minor. Weighing 2.89 pounds, it is only slightly lighter than the Air, which weighs 2.9 pounds. Its profile of .64 inches is almost equal to the Air’s .68 inches profile. The product however scores high owing on its black metal finish and sleek design. Interesting thing is, its looks and design are very similar to its rival.

Running on 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional and using a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor with Intel’s integrated graphics — it boasts of having a battery life of 6.5 hours. Given the generous 4GB memory with 128GB SSD storage, this machine is bound to be fast no matter what OS you run it on. Amongst other specifications is a 1.5 watt subwoofer which might as well have not been there. It also has a USB 3.0 port and a built-in WiMax 4G radio for wireless broadband wherever there’s coverage.

Released in the recently concluded CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 in Las Vegas, this is one hardy laptop. Made out of duraluminium, it is built to be strong yet light. Structurally, it also seems to be unibody but that is confirmed at the moment. The battery life is a suspect here since the processor is not ULV but then the battery life stated by companies is never accurate. So there. Samsung, however, says that their new lithium polymer batteries are extremely power efficient and support 1,000 charging cycles. Plus there are power saving modes and express charge modes to makes things smoother.

The notebook’s 13.3 inches wide LED-backlit screen offers high quality visuals and it comes with a resolution of 1366×768.  The SuperBright Plus display with 400- nit brightness, accompanied with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio enhances the quality of images and other visuals. All of this should come as no surprise because Samsung is after all one of the best display manufacturers of the world. They are in fact suppliers of displays to their competitor — Apple. So watching movies, videos and playing games on this screen will be seriously quite good. Although, gaming itself won’t be all that great because of the lack of a proper, dedicated graphics solution. It supports HD content through Intel’s HD GT2 standard. So over all, Samsung has their bases covered when it comes to entertainment.

The keyboard is backlit with ambient light sensor for both the display and the keyboard backlight. It comes with its own backup solution. The 9 Series gets launched this February in the US  with an introductory price of about £1,000 but the UK release date is still not available.

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